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Help on cyclocomputer choice

Old 01-04-07, 01:16 AM
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Help on cyclocomputer choice

I am new to the road cycling world and I just got a new road bike to help me get into shape. I am looking for a reliable wireless cyclocomputer that can be mounted on my rear wheel, in case i decide to get a trainer in the future. What are the best choices for that? Cadence would be nice but not necessary. Thanks for any help.
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If you're okay with not wireless, a very good option is the Cateye Astrale 8. It looks good, almost never fails, and is one of the very most reliable computers out there. You can get one for around $30; it has cadence and a rear-wheel mounted sensor.

Wireless with cadence is still a little pricey. There are also the (occasional) interference issues, and I've heard cold weather sorta effs things up, too. But other people can chip in on these.
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I agree with the beef. Go with the basic wired system to start out, either the Cateye Mity 8, Enduro 8, or Astrale 8 if you want cadence. I would highly recommend cadence for a new person or you will not learn to use your gearing properly. Concentrate on cycling and not gadgets.

The money is better spent acquiring all the other accessories that make for a better experience. More comfortable shorts, jerseys, and gloves, high quality frame pump and floor pump, shoes and pedals, etc.
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I bought a basic trek model when I was starting out early last year and I regret not getting one with cadence. Lots of people seem to like the Astrale 8.
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+1 for the Astrale. I've been using one for about 18 months and it's been rock solid on both my trainer and the road. And, don't downplay cadence. If you want to keep your knees healthy, 90-110rpms.
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I'll bring up thing that has not been mentioned. It might be me but I have a hard time seeing the small lower set of numbers on the Cateye cycle computers. I've been using the Sigma 1200 for a number of years and now it's been updated as a 1106. 1606 if you want the model with cadence. This Sigma computer will mount on the bike's stem or bars. Great inexpensive cycle computer with a nice display.
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If you want reliability get the Cateye Astrale 8 with cadence, but it's wired.
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Wireless and reliability do not go together. Every wireless computer I have ever owned has failed me, so I dont deal with that anymore. I have a Blackburn 'Delphi' 3.0 computer on my bike now and its great. Its all wired, with wired cadence, and both sensors are mounted on the left chainstay. This is one of the best I've ever owned, and looks "killer".

The top right hand box on the screen even displays your cadence right along with your speed, ride time, and average speed all in the same dispay. Pretty cool. Got mine from www.bicyclebuys.com
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Thanks for all the advice so far. It seems most people like the CatEye Astrale 8. Now if I get a wired system what is the best way to wire the senors from the left chainstay? I am having touble seeing how the best way to do this. Thanks for all the help so far.
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If you want wireless the Cateye cd300dw double wireless is a great unit. It has cadence and rear wheel speed so you will be able to use it on the trainer also. Cadence is a good thing for you to work on.
https://www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/251
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For Christmas I got the Cateye wireless, somethig like CCD300E or such, and I like it a lot. It was easy to install and I really like not having wires.
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Originally Posted by lynch.cr
Thanks for all the advice so far. It seems most people like the CatEye Astrale 8. Now if I get a wired system what is the best way to wire the senors from the left chainstay? I am having touble seeing how the best way to do this. Thanks for all the help so far.
I've mounted a couple of CatEye Astrale 8's. It's not too difficult and it comes with visual instructions. Very dependable computer. Here's a manual for it. https://www.cateye.com/sites/cateye/u.../en/CD200N.pdf
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Originally Posted by BlessedHellride
If you want wireless the Cateye cd300dw double wireless is a great unit. It has cadence and rear wheel speed so you will be able to use it on the trainer also. Cadence is a good thing for you to work on.
https://www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/251
I'm also using this model; it has been very reliable and also works with my HID headlight.
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Cateye Astrale 8 for me too. The wires aren't hard to install. It comes with cable ties.
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I got a cateye astrale 8 with cadence for christmas as well. The mounting and installation was a piece of cake. No worries.
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Originally Posted by jimbud
I'll bring up thing that has not been mentioned. It might be me but I have a hard time seeing the small lower set of numbers on the Cateye cycle computers.
I have this issue too, and often bemoan the lack of a backlight since I often go riding at night. I'm glad to hear the Sigma computers are working out for you in that regard, since I've been considering the 1606L DTS. Still, the Astrale is a great, reliable computer. It's hard to go wrong with it.
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I like my cateye cordless 7. No cadence, but it has been reliable and was extremely inexpensive.
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I love my CatEye too but I will be forking out the $$ for the wireless on my new bike unless somebody tells me not too for some reason. This place has reasonable prices and they are fast. https://brandscycle.com/itemlist.cfm?pageId=162
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I have an Astrale 8 on my mountain bike. Decent computer for the money.

Edge 305 all the way on the road bikes, tho
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I just upgraded my Cateye Mity 8 for the Astrale so I could have cadence and have it register on my trainer. I'm not very techy, so I just asked my LBS nicely to install for me and they handled it N/C. Course I bought my bike and every other thing from them in 2006 so it's not like I haven't paid the piper! Wish I had gone for a power meter though, it's now on the list!
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I just got a new road bike to help me get into shape...Cadence would be nice
If it is into shape that you want to get, you will eventually be wanting a heart rate monitor. Yes you will want cadence too, which you will want to be wireless. If you get a wireless cadence monitoring cyclocomputer with HRM, you are already most of the way to the Garmin Edge 305, which does all that, quite reliably, in a light setup. You will be then be able to track your routes, and it has a rudimentary woefully optimistic calorie counting feature as well. Logic inexorably leads to the Edge 305.

Too expensive? Then get an el cheepo cyclocomputer that does nothing, and save up.
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Originally Posted by RickWG
I got a cateye astrale 8 with cadence for christmas as well. The mounting and installation was a piece of cake. No worries.

Ditto, I got mine for xmas as well and absolutely love it.

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Originally Posted by leejb2
I have this issue too, and often bemoan the lack of a backlight since I often go riding at night. I'm glad to hear the Sigma computers are working out for you in that regard, since I've been considering the 1606L DTS. Still, the Astrale is a great, reliable computer. It's hard to go wrong with it.
I have the 1606L DTS with wireless cadence. My only issue with it is that it comes out of the base rather easily. Sigma is aware of the problem and they'll send you a replacement head. If you are to get the Sigma, ask the lbs if it's one of the latest one.
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